research

[ ri-surch, ree-surch ]
/ rɪˈsɜrtʃ, ˈri sɜrtʃ /

noun

diligent and systematic inquiry or investigation into a subject in order to discover or revise facts, theories, applications, etc.: recent research in medicine.
a particular instance or piece of research.

verb (used without object)

to make researches; investigate carefully.

verb (used with object)

to make an extensive investigation into: to research a matter thoroughly.

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Origin of research

1570–80; (v.) < Middle French recercher to seek, Old French, equivalent to re- re- + cercher to search; (noun) < Middle French recerche

SYNONYMS FOR research

4 study, inquire, examine, scrutinize.

OTHER WORDS FROM research

re·search·a·ble, adjectivere·search·er, re·search·ist, nounpro·re·search, adjectiveun·der·re·search, verb (used with object)

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH research

re-search research

Definition for research (2 of 2)

re-search
[ ree-surch ]
/ riˈsɜrtʃ /

verb (used with or without object)

to search or search for again.

Origin of re-search

First recorded in 1740–50; re- + search

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH re-search

re-search research
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British Dictionary definitions for research

research
/ (rɪˈsɜːtʃ, ˈriːsɜːtʃ) /

noun

systematic investigation to establish facts or principles or to collect information on a subject

verb

to carry out investigations into (a subject, problem, etc)

Derived forms of research

researchable, adjectiveresearcher, noun

Word Origin for research

C16: from Old French recercher to seek, search again, from re- + cercher to search
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